UWO swim and dive falls to Green Knights


Jacob Link / the Advance-Titan — Cade Millam swims in the men’s 200-yard Individual Medley during UWO’s 152-42 loss to St. Norbert on Nov. 19.

Jacob Link, Co-Sports Editor

Both UW Oshkosh swimming and diving teams fell to St. Norbert on Nov. 19 at Albee Hall with the men falling 152-42 while the women were defeated 154-40.

Senior Chase Millam said the team gave it their all even though they faced top-level competition.

“Even if some of us didn’t have the races we wanted, we still gave it our best shot,” he said. “I think that’s promising and the results are going to come when we get to the championship meets.”

On the men’s side, Ben Knoeck took first place in the 200-yard freestyle with a season-best time of 1:51.94. Ethan Almstadt also had a season-best time in the event, finishing third with a time of 1:54.34.

The Titans had a runner-up finish in the 400-yard Medley Relay, with CJ Willert, Cade Millam, Andrew Copeland and Drew Davis clocking in at 3:54.96.

UWO took second in the 400-yard freestyle relay behind a season-best time of 3:26.80 from Chase Millam, Almstadt, Knoeck and Damen Seremet. Seremet also finished as runner-up in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:00.97.

“I think I’m not where I want to be right now,” Chase Millam said. “I felt like I started my races pretty fast, but I didn’t have the endurance to finish them the way I wanted to. I think more work and practice will give me that endurance that I need to finish out my races strong.”

For the women, Francesca Schiro took first place in both the 100-yard and 200-yard Freestyle, clocking in at 54.83 and 1:59.68, respectively.

Cadence Showalter finished runner-up in the 200-yard Individual Medley with a season best 2:19.40 – only six seconds off the school record – while Brianna Wesenberg took third with a time of 2:26.39.

Showalter also took second in the 100-yard Butterfly, clocking in at a season-best time of 1:03.20.

Chase Millam said he thinks the team needs to play to their strengths in practices and meets.

“As long as we trust the process and keep applying what we learn at practices in the meets, we’ll get there,” he said. “I think (we need to) work hard in general. The harder we work, the more the results will pay off when we want them to.”

UWO had no divers from either team present at the dual meet against St. Norbert because they were participating in the Phoenix Fall Classic at the University of Chicago.

At the event, Abbi Priestley finished third on the 3-meter board with a score of 416.35 and took fourth place on the 1-meter board with a score of 416.10. Priestley’s scores qualified her for the 2023 Zone Diving Championships, a qualification event for the USA Diving National Championships, on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards.

Chase Milliam said he has been impressed with the way the Titans look in the first few meets.

“We’re a pretty small team, but I think we make up for that with our effort level in competitions and practices,” he said. “We all know each other and are pretty close, and I think what we lack in size we make up for in heart.”

Both the men’s and women’s teams will travel to Kenosha where they will take part in the Carthage College Classic starting on Thursday and finishing Saturday.